Calderdale Council is working proactively with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Yorkshire Police to prevent moorland fires, but all agencies also depend on the vigilance and care of those who are out and about in our wonderful countryside to play an active part in protecting it.
Whilst Calderdale was thankfully unaffected by recent high-profile blazes at nearby Marsden Moor and Ilkley Moor, it’s important that local people and visitors recognise the part they play in supporting the Council, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Police and other local authorities in preventing any future incidents.
Calderdale Council is working with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service in pursuing stricter prevention methods, through the introduction of Public Space Protection Orders, which would prohibit the use of barbecues and lighting of fires in defined areas of the countryside. More about Public Space Protection Orders can be found here https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/crime-prevention-and-community-safety/community-safety/pspo
A formal consultation was launched on Wednesday 8 May 2019 for people to have their say on these plans. To have your say please complete the feedback form on this web page https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/crime-prevention-and-community-safety/community-safety/pspo/moorland-fires The consultation closes on Tuesday 4 June 2019.
Consultation drop-in events are taking place on Tuesday 21 May and Saturday 25 May, 10:00am-1:00pm in the Ripponden Parish Council offices and on Sunday 26 May, 1:00pm-3:00pm at Todmorden Town Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend and share their views, and staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.
The proposals for Public Space Protection Orders must be considered by the Council’s Cabinet before they can be put in place. This will happen as soon as possible after the consultation has ended.
Make space in your diary for the Halifax Fire Station Open Day on Saturday 25 August, 12:00pm-4:00pm on Skircoat Moor Road HX1 3JF.
With Little Freddie Mini Fire Engine, rescue and fire safety displays and other emergency services and food and drink available. Let the family get to know about the Fire Service and see the engines close up.
On Saturday 18 August, 1:00pm-11:00pm the Fire fighters Charity will be holding a fantastic family friendly pop music festival featuring some of the best tribute acts in the UK! The event is in aid of Charity which celebrates its 75th Anniversary!
The event will be held at Headquarters of West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, Whitehall Road West, Birkenshaw BD11 2DY.
As well as the full headline of performing acts, there will also be a licensed bar selling both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a specialist gin tent (provided by Ginger Whale Delicatessen in Gomersal), some small children’s rides and attractions and various catering outlets. There could well be an appearance from Little Freddy fire engine too! The whole event is aimed at families and you are encouraged to bring a picnic, chairs, blankets etc. However your own alcohol or glass bottles/containers cannot be brought in (Glass Free Zone).
Featuring top tribute act performances including tributes to Cold Play, Take That, Little Mix, David Bowie, The Beatles, Ed Sheeran, The Bee Gees and Pink!
More information is available on the FireFest Birkenshaw 2018 Facebook page and tickets are available through eventim.co.uk .
How to stay safe and help protect the countryside
The wildfires on Saddleworth Moor and Holme Moss have made national news but there have also been a number of smaller incidents locally which if uncontrolled can become a risk to life and property as well as damaging wildlife in the area.
Residents are being reminded to take care when out and about in parks and countryside around Calderdale and West Yorkshire. Due to the recent spell of warm, dry weather there is currently a higher risk of wildfire spreading across the UK countryside, and on moorland in particular.
In order to stay safe and help protect the countryside, residents and visitors should be aware of the following rules when visiting rural and moorland areas:
- Do not discard cigarettes in the countryside; dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished
- Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire
- Only light fires or barbecues in designated areas using facilities provided.
- Always take extra care if using a barbecue, even in designated areas
- Don’t leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after you have finished using them
Report any information about illegal fire setting activities and those responsible (anonymously) to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or 999 if the crime is happening at the time.
If you do see a fire in the countryside:
- Contact the Fire Service immediately – dial 999 (don’t assume it’s already been reported)
- Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water
- Give a map reference if possible, otherwise give a landmark such as a farm or pub to help locate the fire
- Estimate the size of the area that’s burning
- Describe the type of terrain (grass, bracken, forest, open moorland etc)
- Evacuate the area as soon as possible
Heather Stout, from the Ovenden Initiative, arranged for some of our local uniformed services to meet the new Whitehill Community Academy Junior Wardens recently.
Police Community Support Officer, Megan Boothroyd, from West Yorkshire Police, visited Whitehill Community Academy Junior Wardens to tell them all about her role as an officer in Illingworth on Wednesday 14 March 2018.
Megan spoke about some of her day to day duties before showing the Wardens some of the equipment she carries whilst explaining what it is used for.
PCSO Boothroyd also told the Wardens about some of the more unusual aspects of her job including some of the funny things that have happened, before some very good questions were asked by the Junior Wardens, who all seemed very keen to know everything about life in the Police Force.
Following up from that exciting session, on the 28 March Fire Prevention Officer, Dave Manning, from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, also made a visit to tell the wardens about his role in the community.
Dave, until recently a Fire Fighter based in Halifax, invited some of the Junior Wardens take part in a role play to show them how dangerous it can be in a car if you are not wearing a seatbelt and the driver is distracted.
Through the role play, Dave managed to get the message across of how easily drivers can be distracted by children in the back of the car. He also had one volunteer to help him show the rest of the group how to put someone in the recovery position.
Lots of good and interesting questions were asked by the Junior Wardens, who seemed to appreciate the serious message Dave was promoting.
Visit the Halifax Fire Station recruitment awareness day on Friday 9 February.
The Awareness Day will inform you of what is expected throughout the selection process when applying to join West Yorkshire Fire Service. There will be an opportunity to take part in physical aspects of the selection process to get a good idea for what will be needed to be successful. It will also be an opportunity to ask operational Firefighters any questions you may have about the working life of a Firefighter.
Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for for physical training.
There are 2 sessions at 9:30 and at 1:30pm. To book a place visit Eventbrite
Visit the Halifax Fire Station recruitment open day on Saturday 9 December, 10am-12pm to find out about the requirements needed to become a Firefighter, the application stages, and get a feel for the physical fitness standards required.
Wear comfortable clothing preferably exercising attire and trainers.
To book a place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/recruitment-open-day-calderdale-tickets-39251371910